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Coast Guard crew members rescued a family from a flooding vessel near Fort Armistead

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Posted at 9:38 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 09:38:51-04

BALTIMORE — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a family Tuesday night from a flooding boat near Baltimore.

Coast Guard Watchstanders said they received a notification at 8:00 p.m. that a boat was taking on water near Fort Armistead.

A Response Boat was launched to assist the flooding vessel. When the crew arrived, they towed the boat to Fort Armistead Park, where the vessel was then dewatered.

“Getting on scene and seeing that both the parents and their four kids were wearing their life jackets was a phenomenal relief,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Jackson, the coxswain of the response boat. “It’s so important to already have on that life jacket before anything bad happens, especially when there’s a chance for you to enter the water.”